Mallika Srinivasan is a thought leader and a strategist, recognized for entrepreneurship, commitment to excellence and contribution to Indian agriculture machinery business and academia. She is presently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TAFE - Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, an INR 93 billion tractor major incorporated in 1960 at Chennai, India. TAFE is today, the third largest tractor manufacturer in the world and the second largest in India by volumes, with an annual sale of over 150,000 tractors and presence in over 100 countries, including developed countries in Europe and the Americas.
In a span of 25 years, Mallika has established TAFE as a quality mass-manufacturer of tractors, a lean and resilient organization that can effectively weather the cyclicality of the tractor business. With her special emphasis on product and process development, she has ensured significant expansion of TAFE's product range and manufacturing mettle. Recognized among the most powerful women in India Inc., and one of India’s leading entrepreneurs, Mallika Srinivasan is aptly called the "Tractor Queen."
Mallika believes in strong work ethic and has made a conscious effort to induct more women into the workforce. To quote her, "Diversity is an essential prerequisite for innovation". Her mantra for success - hands on approach, passion for work, and a firm belief that as a family business, attention has to be paid to sustainability. The world took notice of her well-rooted principles as a business leader. Mallika once said, "You don’t need to love money to run a business. You have to have a dream to build an institution, to build centers of excellence, to create a great team. Business has a larger purpose … business can operate well only in the social context of educated and healthy people.”